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These Butterfly Pretzel Cupcakes are Perfect for Spring!

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Spring is officially here! I always look forward to the pleasant temperatures and beautiful flowers that come along with this time of year. In honor of this lovely season, we wanted to bring you these beautiful butterfly pretzel cupcakes.

It’s a simple recipe to put together and decorate, but it looks delicate and happy, and it perfectly captures the feeling of spring!

My favorite thing about these butterfly pretzel cupcakes is that you don’t have to be a decorating wizard for them to come out looking pretty! Rather than painstakingly painting on a butterfly with frosting, you use pretzels for the wings and candy for the body!

It is really a lot of fun to make these as a family.

In addition to ensuring that each cupcake comes out looking uniform, the pretzels also add a fun crunchy and savory component to this dessert.  Using pretzels and candy to decorate also makes this the perfect cupcake to make with children!

How to Make Butterfly Pretzel Cupcakes

To start out with, you will simply bake 12 basic cupcakes.  You can make this easy and fast by using a box mix (yellow cupcake mix is a good choice), or you can jazz it up by enlisting your favorite recipe (think, apple cake or carrot cake)! After they are baked, let them cool all the way.

Once the cupcakes are cool to the touch, you get to start decorating! I begin by filling up a piping bag with my base color frosting–bright blue. Starting in the center, pipe the icing in a steady swirl until it covers the entire top portion of the cupcake.

Next, get a new piping bag (and smaller tip, sizes listed in the recipe below) and fill it with the white frosting.  Use this to create two small star shapes on one side of each cupcake.

For these pictures, I have chosen bright blue and white (the exact colors listed in the recipe below). I love how this combination looks like the bright spring sky! However, you can choose whatever colors you like. These cupcakes could be great for a baby shower or birthday party, especially with the colors customized for the person of honor.

With your frosting finished, it’s time to create the butterfly. This is the part that kids really love, so if you have children, be sure to invite them to help.

First, you will take four of the chocolate pearls and line them up in a straight line next to the white “cloud” of frosting. (If your kids are helping, remember that it’s more about the experience than perfection; it doesn’t have to be a perfect line.)

Last, of course, come the wings! Take two pretzels and press them diagonally into the frosting on either side of the chocolate pearls! These butterfly pretzel cupcakes almost look too good to eat!

And there you have it: a fun and beautiful spring cupcake that comes out perfectly every time! (Even if it’s not perfect.)

Are you planning to make these Butterfly Pretzel Cupcakes? If you do, be sure to let us know how they turn out! Happy spring, everyone!

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These Butterfly Pretzel Cupcakes are Perfect for Spring!

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  • Author: Wendy Hilton


These beautiful butterfly cupcakes are perfect for spring and so fun to make! The butterfly design is made out of pretzels and candies, so your decoration is sure to turn out pretty, every time.  These would be beautiful for Easter, a baby shower or a birthday.  Because it is a fun and easy design, this would also be  an awesome cupcake to make with kids!




  1. Place blue frosting in a piping bag fitted with a 2A icing tip. Pipe frosting in a layer on cupcakes in a spiral motion from the center to the outside of the cupcake.
  2. Place white frosting in a piping bag fitted with a 1M icing tip. Pipe two small stars to one side on top of the cupcake.
  3. Line 4 chocolate pearls beside the white “cloud.” Press to attach to the frosting.
  4. Press one pretzel into each side of the chocolate pearls as the butterfly’s wings.



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